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    https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2020-l...hm-strat-2020/



    Made in Mexico im guessing, Another $1200 Mexi strat ?

    Would be nice to see something innovative come from Fender Mexico instead of re-runs.

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    Love the headstock decal. I agree, though, prices of import guitars are getting more and more ridiculous. The quality has gone up over the years, though, so at least there's that.
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    I feel like you can only reach the 24th fret by contorting your hand around a lower bout cutaway that hasn't been made deep enough. Also, given that fender owns Charvel and Jackson . . . not entirely sure why they're making these models.
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    Looks pretty much like the Ice Blue HM Strat I had in the 80's. Mine had a Kahler, not a Floyd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Looks pretty much like the Ice Blue HM Strat I had in the 80's. Mine had a Kahler, not a Floyd.
    I just saw an ice blue one with a Floyd at a friend's guitar shop in for repair. I dig it! Fender will mine their past for the foreseeable future, as new designs from them are really slow to catch on. I always liked this model, and wished they had 22 frets w/ HH configuration. I suppose I should just get a Charvel, then.
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    I always liked this model, and wished they had 22 frets w/ HH configuration.
    Me, too! 24 frets always messed me up, and I'd get lost on the neck. Doesn't matter if it's guitar or bass.... Gimme 22 frets or less.

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    Oooh yes. The HM Strat is virtually the only model Fender could have made that could have made me interested in separating from my hard-earned money. The teal one is so hot! Unfortunately, at 300 pieces it is unlikely that a single one will make it to Norway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    I feel like you can only reach the 24th fret by contorting your hand around a lower bout cutaway that hasn't been made deep enough. Also, given that fender owns Charvel and Jackson . . . not entirely sure why they're making these models.
    Why not? It is a classic model that has a nostalgic fan-base (there was a huge thread on TGP about it a few days ago), and it does a slightly different thing than those guitars anyway – noe in particular the 25.1" (!) scale length. At 300 models, I suspect that most of them will go to people who wouldn't have bought another Charvel if the HM reďssue had never happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Me, too! 24 frets always messed me up, and I'd get lost on the neck. Doesn't matter if it's guitar or bass.... Gimme 22 frets or less.
    I just think the neck pickup simply sounds better, as it is in the 'right' location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMP/HBE View Post
    https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2020-l...hm-strat-2020/



    Made in Mexico im guessing, Another $1200 Mexi strat ?

    Would be nice to see something innovative come from Fender Mexico instead of re-runs.
    There are some rumours that these will be made in Japan, like the classic HM Strats, but I guess nobody really knows at this point.

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    Fender is also coming out with a reissue of their Lead III from the early 80s.
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    Ive had 24 fret guitars but i have never been in a band situation were i used them.

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    Fender is also coming out with a reissue of their Lead III from the early 80s.
    Not cool. That one was never a big seller.

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    I had one of those back in the day, in “fuschia” or “magenta” or something. I paid like $300 for it maybe. At least I had a rule back then I wouldn’t pay more than $300 for any instrument. Would be cool to have it back again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Not cool. That one was never a big seller.
    Only around one year, but I still kinda liked it. The originals had some weird square humbuckers that were proprietary to that model.
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    Seems like more and more are going with the nostalgia feel as of late. Gibson has the 70's Explorer and V. Now Fender with these 80's models. Maybe Ibanez should bring back the old RG design or go all out with the pre-lawsuit designs.

    The last several years of NAMM have me going, meh. I go in to shops now and there may be 1 or 2 guitars that catch my fancy. The rest, meh. Most of the pedals and such anymore, meh. I guess I'm just content with what I have. Not that I don't mind having more guitars but I'd rather scour the small shops for one that I really really like or do another build.

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    Only around one year, but I still kinda liked it. The originals had some weird square humbuckers that were proprietary to that model.
    Yeah, the one with 2 humbuckers is the one they are doing again.... IN PURPLE. I took one apart decades ago, and it was actually 2 single coil pickups in one housing.

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    That headstock decal reminds me: whatever happened to the Ryan Adams signature Strat they were working on? Did it ever come to market or did it get caught up in the blowback from him getting outed as a creep/abuser/pedo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTGoober View Post
    Yeah, the one with 2 humbuckers is the one they are doing again.... IN PURPLE. I took one apart decades ago, and it was actually 2 single coil pickups in one housing.
    I remember Steve Morse used one as a backup guitar. They were marketed then as a budget rock guitar. I think in black, white, and red. Certainly no purple then.
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    I remember Steve Morse used one as a backup guitar. They were marketed then as a budget rock guitar. I think in black, white, and red. Certainly no purple then.
    You are correct. Steve did use one. And the basic 3 colors, too.

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